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DC Jobs: Voice of America, Atlantic Media, Washington Examiner

This week, Voice of America is hiring a managing editor, while Atlantic Media needs a content editor for its custom strategies department. The Washington Examiner is seeking a social media strategist, and Slate is on the hunt for a senior writer for The Root. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.


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Behind the Scenes of ‘FOX News Sunday’

BUMP_300DPI_wallacepromoAs part of our newsroom tour series, FishbowlDC recently visited the set of “FOX News Sunday” to chat with host Chris Wallace to find out what goes into putting on a Sunday morning program. This year is Wallace’s 50th in the Washington news business and 11th as host of FNS.

We joined Wallace on Thursday, September 18 at his studio just south of Union Station for his planning and promotion of that Sunday’s program. The host and his staff begin planning the week ahead directly after a Sunday broadcast and reconvene via conference call Tuesday morning before returning to the office on Wednesday.

Asked how he and his colleagues pick topics and guests that are relevant to the week ahead when they start planning the Sunday before broadcast, Wallace said that, “It’s one of the hardest parts. Trying to figure out what’s going to be hot for that Sunday. It obviously gets a little bit easier as the week progresses.” Read more

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 9.26.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

FishbowlDC Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

FishbowlNY NY Times Magazine Gets ‘Cleaned Up’

GalleyCat #TeachBannedBooks Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

TVNewser Good Morning America Wins Second Straight Season

TVSpy Open-Mic Moment on News 12 The Bronx Sparks Outrage

Lost Remote Law & Order: SVU Premiere Tops Twitter Ratings

SocialTimes Millennials are More Engaged with Politics Online Than Any Other Demographic

AllFacebook Report: EU to Approve Facebook-WhatsApp Deal

AllTwitter Hootsuite Now Valued at $1 Billion, Looking to Add Instagram and Snapchat

10,000 Words Matter 3: Big Ideas for Media Focused on ‘Real People’

Inside Mobile Apps Hothead Games Fires Kill Shot onto iOS, Android

InsideFacebook Study: FB Fans Who Interact with Brand Pages are Higher Paying Consumers

PRNewser Ferguson Police Chief, PR Firm, Release Apology Video

AgencySpy Agency Founder Selina Petosa Talks Gender Imbalance and the Future of Digital

MediaJobsDaily Study: Majority of Employees Rally Around Minimum Wage Increase

UnBeige Saturday is Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live

Friday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— The New Kurdish Reality in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities Peoples’ Democratic Party at the National Press Club, 8 a.m.

— Cyber Security Skills for Journalists at the National Press Club, Saturday at 9 a.m.

— Inside Media: “The Boomer List” Opening Weekend at the Newseum, Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door

Know someone starting or leaving a job? Let us know.

Fishbowl Fun Fact

The state of Kentucky has more barrels of bourbon aging than people living in the state.

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Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

Rachel SmolkinIn July, CNN announced the hire of Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Smolkin came to CNN from POLITICO where she served as managing editor of news.

At the time of her hire, managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley said that Smolkin was brought on to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

FishbowlDC recently chatted with Smolkin, who’s almost two months in, on CNN’s latest hires, coverage for the midterm elections, and of course, her CNN work crush.

FishbowlDC: You’re on a hiring spree at CNN – what key journalistic qualities are you looking for in building your digital politics team?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I am so excited to build this great team. We’ve made terrific hires already, with many more to come. I’m looking for smart, original thinkers who want to create memorable work and experiment with their storytelling; for beautiful writers and sharp editors of both text and video; for journalists who can spot news but also know how to separate themselves from the pack. I want to bring together people who are eager to work as a team and to take full advantage of the amazing platform that CNN offers.”

FishbowlDC: We’re headed into midterms and you were with POLITICO, one of the biggest names in political news. What drew you to CNN?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I loved the idea of creating something new — a political news start-up, backed by the incredible talent and resources of CNN. The digital space is getting more crowded, and that’s challenging us as journalists to keep innovating. The most powerful, most beautifully told stories are still able to break through the clutter — and those should be a combination of the best traditional and emerging storytelling techniques in text, video and social media. In just a few weeks, we’ve already launched Peter Hamby’s Hambycast, and we’re looking forward to more exciting coverage in the weeks and months ahead.” Read more

CNN’s Latest Hire is AFP’s Stephen Collinson

10414dfc3e2a6748e0d2ae5c2b384484CNN’s Rachel Smolkin announced to staff Wednesday evening that Stephen Collinson will join the network as a senior enterprise reporter. Collinson currently serves as AFP’s White House correspondent.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Stephen Collinson to CNN as a senior enterprise reporter,” Smolkin told FishbowlDC of Collinson’s hire. “He is a beautiful writer who brings tremendous experience covering politics, the White House and international affairs — and he’s a terrific addition to our fast-growing team.”

Thursday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Is the Internet Starting to Fracture? at the Brookings Institute, 9 a.m.

— Book Rap: Travis Smiley “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year” at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

— Cyber Security Skills For Journalists at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door

Know someone starting or leaving a job? Let us know.

Fishbowl Fun Fact

Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream was first created by Ben & Jerry’s.

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 9.25.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser Five Questions for Lisa Ling

TVSpy Steve Wilkos: What’s Your Show?

Lost Remote A Guide to ABC’S Thursday Night Hastags

AllFacebook When Facebook Trolls Attack: What Not to Do

SocialTimes Pinterest Expands Efforts to Connect with Publishers

FishbowlNY So What Do You Do, SallyAnn Salsano, TV Producer and EP of The Real?

AllTwitter The Art of Smoasting: How to Boast on Social Media Like a Pro

FishbowlDC Bloomberg Media’s Andy Lack Named CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governers

Inside Mobile Apps Video Creation Platform Vemory Acquires Video Editing App Splice

InsideFacebook Q&A With Facebook Advertising Research Manager Rob Creekmore

GalleyCat You Have to F**king Eat: The Long-Awaited Sequel to Go The F**k to Sleep

PRNewser The Five Most Common Grammar Errors That Aren’t… Really

AgencySpy Saatchi & Saatchi, NY Assumes Lead Creative Duties for Vita Coco

MediaJobsDaily Want to Log Off at 6 p.m. Sharp? Amsterdam Office Literally Disappears!

UnBeige TOMS To Collaborate with Target

Afternoon Lede Check – 9.24.14

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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